Former World No. 1 Andy Murray says he is learning more bout the Black Lives Matter movement but believes that there should be greater equality in sport.
Andy Murray on Black Lives Matter
The three-time Grand Slam champion Murray joined his fellow players in taking the knee in tribute to George Floyd at the Schroders Battle of the Brits on Tuesday.
Speaking after his first match in the event, a straight sets win over Liam Broady, Murray says, "I think I speak for all the players. Obviously with everything that has gone on the last few weeks, off the back of the George Floyd murder, in the States, it was obviously shocking scenes.
I have always, more so from a sexism point of view, but the same applies to racism. Some people see it as a radical thing but I personally don't. I just feel that everybody should be treated the same. It doesn't matter your sex or the colour of your skin or background or religion or whatever, I think it is a pretty basic human right that everybody should be treated exactly the same and given the same opportunity.
I am aware that obviously that is not the case just now. I am trying the best as I can to try to learn and understand a little bit more about the Black Lives Matter movement and systemic racism in sport. Murray said that changes need to be made in sport as well and is happy that many players are now supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, "Sport is not free from that either.
I saw a study of the board positions across all the governing bodies of the major sports in England the other day. And I think there were three out of 139 positions taken up by black people.That is something that obviously needs to change.
It is the same in tennis as well. That is how I feel about it and I am glad all the players were up for doing it today”. Besides his three Grand Slam wins, Andy Murray is also a two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, and former world No.
1. By winning the 2012 US Open, he became the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. Murray is the men's singles 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist. He was also part of Great Britain's Davis Cup-winning team in 2015.